Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Human love vs. God's love

 It is strange how often a heart must be broken before the years can make it wise. ~ Sara Teasdale
1 John 4:7-11 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

What is love? What does it really mean? The world will say that love is a feeling; that it is a passing emotion.The Bible says that love is not a passing emotion but that it is a constant devotion. Love is determined by how we treat others who have nothing to give us back. True love is putting someone else before our-self. The prime example of that kind of love is not seen in feel-good Hollywood movies but in the old pages of the Bible. The prime example is that Christ died for us. As humans, we love to be loved. We give to receive; but God gave his only Son and received nothing. He loved the unlovable and forgave the unforgivable. Are you loving others with human love or are you loving them with God's love?

The difference between human love and God's love:

Human love says, "I'll love you as long as you love me." God's love says, "I'll love you no matter what."

Human love says, "I want something in return." God's love says, "My love is a free gift to you."

Human love says, "Be there for me." God's love says, "I'll be there for you."

Human love says, "Don't hurt me." God's love says, "I died for you."

Human love says, "I will love you only if you're attractive." God's love says, "I created you; you are fearfully and wonderfully made."

Human love says, "I'll love you as long as you make me happy," God's love says, "Even when you deny me I will love you."

God's love is perfect. It is unconditional // Human love is self-centered. It fades away.

   If you are a Christian you have the power to love the way God loves. We can reflect the love God has shown us to the others around us. God is love. 1 John 4:8 - He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. The thing that Hollywood shows you today isn't really love. It's lust, and it will fade away with time. Some say love fades and that's why friendships, relationships, and marriages fall apart. The truth is human love does fade; but God's love is everlasting. If we love the way God loved us then that love will last forever. Are you showing others the right kind of love? Are you loving them conditionally or unconditionally? Love is not based on if the other person loves you back or not. It's based on you. God says to love your enemies. You might say that's crazy and that it would be cruel for God to ask us to do such a thing. The truth is when Jesus died for us he died for his enemies. He died for the very soldiers who pierced him and hung him to die on the cross.
If you're a Christian you have the ability to let God's love flow from you to others. Are you loving them as God would love them? Or are you only loving them with human love?

love is based on actions // not just feelings 

1John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.   



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Delicious Pineapple Cupcakes

Since I always get good feedback from my recipes and since I personally love finding new recipes from fellow bloggers I thought I'd share with you the recipe for these amazing Pineapple Cupcakes. If you're a huge pineapple fan then you'll love these. My parents love pineapple and said that they were the best cupcakes I've made yet. 

Pineapple Cupcakes

Ingredients for the cupcakes:

1 Can (20 oz) pineapple tidbits ( and reserved juice )
1 package(s) yellow cake mix 

1/4 cup pineapple juice
3/4 cup water
2 eggs
3 tablespoons brown sugar


Directions


  • preheat oven to 350
  • line 18 cupcake liners in muffin tin
  • in a mixing bowl combine all the ingredients for the cupcakes except the brown sugar and mix
  • add the brown sugar and swirl through the batter making rings
  • fill each cupcake liner 2/3 full
  • bake for 20 min
  • let cool completely before frosting

For the frosting

4    cups  powdered sugar
1    cup  softened butter ( 2 sticks )
2    tablespoon  pineapple juice
1    teaspoon  vanilla extract 
  • In a mixer cream the sticks of butter and powdered sugar
  • add the pineapple juice and vanilla (add more pineapple juice if needed for consistency)
  • beat for 5-10 min for completely smooth frosting
  • Pipe or spread on cooled cupcakes

For the glaze

3    tablespoon    butter
1/4    cup    brown sugar, packed
3    tablespoons    pineapple juice
1/2    Can (20 oz)    pineapple chunks

  • in a saucepan melt the butter and brown sugar
  • add the pineapple juice and fruit chunks
  • cook over medium heat for 5-7 min until the sugar starts to caramelize and the pineapples get a nice golden color
  • let cool completely {Do Not Put in fridge to speed up cooling this will cause the butter to solidify again}
  • place completely room temp pineapples on each cupcake and drizzle some of the glaze on each 
 
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If any of you all try this recipe I'd love to know how it turned out for you! Thanks for reading. Hope you all have a wonderful day. 

Monday, April 6, 2015

Is He alive?

 Thank you Lord, for this day you gave us. Thank you for the hands which prepared our meal. Bless the conversations we share.  May we be a blessing to those we meet and keep us of mindful of those who have little. That we may find ways to share our  bounty.     Amen

I know you all have heard and seen the phrase "He has risen!" probably over 50 times this week for Easter Sunday. I'm sure most of you celebrated Christ's Resurrection this Sunday at church the same as I did. I'm sure that we can all agree that Christ is alive. He is risen. He lives. But this Easter a more personal question came to my mind...Is he alive in my life? 

  As a Christian, I'm sure we all understand that when we received God's salvation he began to live within us. But what I'm trying to focus on today is not the fact that God's living in us--but are you allowing him to live through you? Is he alive not only in your heart, but in your life? Has God risen up above all other things in your life or are you living as if He's still in the tomb?

  God needs to be alive in your life. You need to let him radiate his love and His light through you for the whole world to see. Mat 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Christ died and arose for all mankind. He paid the ultimate sacrifice. We must be willing to make God first in our life. Is Christ living in you? If you're saved the answer is yes. (Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. ) But is he living through you? Christ saved you so he lives within you, but it's our job to let him live through us. Is Christ alive in all areas of your life? Is He your main focus in life? Is he your passion, message, and purpose? Are you letting him live through you? '

If you're saved Christ is living in you. Now it's your job to let him live through you.

Is He alive?
Luke 24:6  He is not here, but is risen:

Yes; He surely is. He's alive and well. But is He personally alive in your life? Have you allowed him to live in you and through you?

Give Him your all today. Let Him live through you!

1Co 3:16 - Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?



Keep shining bright
~Brittney

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Honduras 2015



So before I went on my missions trip I said I would share with you all an update on the Honduras trip....Finally I've got a video put together. To see pictures of our trip just watch the video below.

STATS
15 team members
38,000 Scriptures passed out
Over 150 visitors to the special services
Over 35 people saved.


The Lord truly blessed our trip! It was a time filled of wonderful outreach, and wonderful time spent together as a team. Praise the Lord for the many souls that were saved.

*Ok so the video for some reason is not downloading correctly. To watch it please click on the following link: Honduras video 2015